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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

Anthology of Interest 2
First aired 01/06/02
Rank: 16/124
Reviews: 296
Rating: 91%

See what if Bender was a human, what if Fry a character in a video game and what if Leela finally finds her home.

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#51 by Frany
The first 2 really rocks!
But the second could have been with newer Games. I would have loved to see something about Half Life or civ or whatever. But it's good enough the way it is!

The last one - well - could be better!

Frany gave 4 points

#52 by Otis P Jivefunk
I've finally had the chance to see it and it was good, but I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as last weeks "Roswell that Ends Well". I found the three stories to be about equal in quality, none were bad and all had great moments but none of them gave me the feeling I had after watching the first two parts of "AOI 1".

Bender as a human started off great, the antenna joke was superb and so were his other initial responses to being a human. I felt let down after the first half, when it started to go all weird like a modern Simpsons episode. there was too much of Bender being massive, it would have been fine if there was only a few seconds of it but it just went stupid and the jokes became slap stick.

I really enjoyed Fry’s life as a video game; it brought back memories of my retro gaming years. Some really classic video games were used and it was decent enough. I just wish they had made it 3D, like the 3D Homer segment of "THoH VI". I would have liked to see some Sonic references too. Having said that it was pretty funny and entertaining and I enjoyed seeing Lrrr again. It's probably better than I made it out to be, it's just that I wanted it to do different things and had my own ideas. It had a lot more potential, especially given the fact that the Futurama team are capable of some glorious 3D effects.

The final part was in my opinion the best. As a child I always used to watch "The Wizard of Oz" and it helped me to enjoy this segment all the more. From the first moment, even the way Leela went into the dream from the What If machine banging her head was class. The visuals were beautiful, I love it when they're full of bright colors and detailed scenery. Seeing Amy get killed by Leela again was cool, a trend that’s forming amongst "AOI" episodes. I loved the way many secondary characters were used to portray Wizard of Oz characters. Using Mom as the witch was the obvious thing to do although I'm glad she got killed before we had to see too much of her. I loved the jokes and the way they made fun of the film, decent stuff but as a whole didn't end as cleverly as the first "AOI".

Overall after seeing it once I would say it's about average, some very good parts let down by some stupidity. I prefer the first "AOI" however I found all three parts of "AOI 2" were better than the final part of "AOI 1", which was nice. Maybe I'm being too harsh, after all, in many cases a Futurama episode can get much better after watching it again and again. Who knows, one day it might be my favorite. I would rate it a 3.5 but as I'm so generous I rounded it up.

Otis P Jivefunk gave 4 points

#53 by Mike
Gah.. I thought Roswell was bad, but this was even worse. AOI1 wasn't that great either, but at least the fing-longer joke at the end was funny. There was hardly anything to laugh about in this one.

The first act was the worst. There were a few good bits, like the antenna joke, and seeing the Professor partying, but most of the fat Bender / Nobel prize scene was just boring. Nice to see Wurnstrom back, though.

The second one was better.. Not really anything FUNNY, but some of the references were clever, like Donkey Kong jumping on the building, and Mario. I must admit, though, I think I'm just a few years too young to get who those characters at the end were.

The third act was the best. Great to see Mom again! "You wanna get adopted, you little skank?" Amy wasn't bad either, and I liked Zoidberg's 'cab' line. Still not that great, though.

I really hope I don't grow to hate Futurama like I hate the Simpsons. I forgive this one for being over-wacky because it was an AOI episode, but I really hope it gets better next week.

Mike gave 2 points

#54 by PCC Fred
I've watched this episode three times in two days, and it just gets better each time. Although the first part loses the plot once Bender's gone fat, this is a brilliant episode. The antenna joke, Fry and co. in the Pacman maze, Fry taking on the Space Invaders and Leela turning Fry, Bender and the Professer into frogs are all great moments, but the bit where Leela squishes Amy with the PE ship's steps is absolutely classic.

PCC Fred gave 5 points

#55 by Future fan
One of the best episodes ever. I loved it!!!! it cant get any better then this!!!

Future fan gave 5 points

#56 by Dave
Thats a nice-a donut. Very good. A little silly but very good.

Dave gave 4 points

#57 by Jo
mmm - This was by far the best episode!!

Jo gave 5 points

#58 by Fry/Flexo Fan
Another supoib installment to 'Futurama' history. The best story, as with 'Anothology of Interest 1', was the last one, this time told for Leela. Here Amy, Fry and Hermes were particularly funny in their 'Wizard of Oz' Roles.
The first story was probably the weakest, which says wonders for the other two, as it was hilarious!

Hermes actually had the most intriguing line, at th end - "There's always next year, Professor. There's always next year." I think I speak for all other Futurama fans in hoping that he's right and there will actually BE a next year...

Fry/Flexo Fan gave 5 points

#59 by Matt Perreault
Awesome almost as good as Anthology if interest 1!

Matt Perreault gave 5 points

#60 by 3rd Rock Satan
Fantastic episode. The life as a computer game scene had me laughing so much was one of the best parts of Futurama ever.

3rd Rock Satan gave 5 points

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